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Old 02-26-2013, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Top Gear (US) Season Four

I've got to admit, I didn't initially like the US version. But lately it's becoming its own show. And I've got to admit, the latest episode of the season, RV's was pretty bad ass. While Tanner Foust and Adam both pulled off what I'd expect to see on UK version, Rutledge's was pretty damn unique and unexpected. I'd like to know how he did it. It looks like could be a fun project just for the hell of it.

What are your guys thoughts on the show?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:43 AM   #2
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It is coming into its own. I hated it at first and I still groan when they do the exact same challenges as the UK version, but I'm beginning to like their personalities. Adam scarily reminds me of a longtime friend of mine (down to the hair and gait) even the way he dresses. I wish they did more car reviews. They spend 5/6 of the show on the challenge and the last 2 minutes they're driving a supercar and that's it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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It's a completely different show than TGUK. It's a comedy show loosely based around cars where TGUK is a car show with a comedy base. I personally love the show - it makes me laugh every time. I might be meeting Rut soon (friend of a friend).
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #4
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It's on season 4 already?? And I haven't seen a single episode
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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you guys think it's getting better? I actually turned the show off halfway through the second episode this season and haven't watched since. I don't care to watch half@ssed (I am being nice) TV hosts go through stupid challenges in crappy cars.

IMHO it has gotten much worse this season, not better
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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i like the UK show (though the anti-american slant gets annoying). i tried to watch the US version but it was terrible.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #7
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I have tried and tried with that show but can't warm up to it. None of the three hosts seems to have a genuine passion for cars (yes, including professional driver Tanner), and none of them is truly witty. I am a huge car buff and will watch even mediocre car shows, but TGUSA annoys me too much to avoid changing the channel.
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^ agreed. it really bothers me when they don't know stuff any self respecting car guy would know.
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I can't stand that Ferrara seems to bring the biggest piece of crap car to each challenge that he can find and then acts like he's being nostalgic.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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I do get annoyed that they don't actually review cars. That's really the best part about the UK version, watching endless drifts and cool camera work. Their reviews are well produced.

Fifth Gear does more reviews, but they don't do them nearly as well as the UK version either.

I really get bored with the challenges even on the UK version. Some of them are funny, but it's mostly just stupid. They would probably even agree with me. They know how stupid it is. I like that they do them though, a straight car review show can get dry. See MotorWeek, I love it, but it's so stiff.

It's too bad that Adam Corolla's Car Show got cancelled, that was a little better than Top Gear US. That had some stuff I didn't like about it too, but I like that all of them exist. Just the simple fact that enough people are into cars to keep these shows on the air is a good thing. None of them will ever please everyone.
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You TGUK nuts that bash the TGUS show have to remember something. TGUK was crap until they re-formulated the show. The producers wanted TGUS to come into it's own, instead of a copy, like TGAU.
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You TGUK nuts that bash the TGUS show have to remember something. TGUK was crap until they re-formulated the show. The producers wanted TGUS to come into it's own, instead of a copy, like TGAU.



I thought tonight's episode was great.
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Every advertisement I see is for them doing a stunt/challenge from TGUK...

How is that 'coming into its own'?

FWIW, I'd watch it if they kicked the NASCAR guy off. But they haven't, and he makes me want to kick puppies at his face.
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You TGUK nuts that bash the TGUS show have to remember something. TGUK was crap until they re-formulated the show. The producers wanted TGUS to come into it's own, instead of a copy, like TGAU.
I won't watch until they, you know, actually start reviewing some damned cars.
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You TGUK nuts that bash the TGUS show have to remember something. TGUK was crap until they re-formulated the show. The producers wanted TGUS to come into it's own, instead of a copy, like TGAU.
I've seen every season of Top Gear UK, and I don't recall having any issues with the first few seasons of it. Yes, even the episodes that didn't have James May (had Jason Dawe instead). Sure, it wasn't nearly as zany, but it was still interesting... even Dawe's used car buying advice still had some value to it. Plus, he showed off a Skyline GT-R R32 in one episode. That always wins points with me!
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I think it sucks.

The Car Show with Adam Carolla and Matt Farah was infinitely more entertaining. They should have had those two guys host instead of Rutledge and Ferrara. Tanner Foust is fine... at least he can drive.

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I think it sucks.
I just cant get into it. I see the same things from the UK show. The US has not made me laugh once yet either.
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I'm watching this show for the first time. I don't understand how they chose the hosts. It's two guys who look, talk, and act the same, plus a slow witted hipster...
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Just watched the most recent episode of Top Gear USA.

They did an American supercar shootout. The Saleen S7, Rossion Q1 and Lucra LC470.

How do you take three cars like those, and make the most boring episode on TV ever? That must take a special talent.
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I've seen every season of Top Gear UK, and I don't recall having any issues with the first few seasons of it. Yes, even the episodes that didn't have James May (had Jason Dawe instead). Sure, it wasn't nearly as zany, but it was still interesting... even Dawe's used car buying advice still had some value to it. Plus, he showed off a Skyline GT-R R32 in one episode. That always wins points with me!
Lol... No you haven't.

You've seen every season since 2002, not since the 90s. Top Gear used to have Jeremy Clarkson, Tiff Needell(now doing fifth gear), and some other boring douche. It was horrible and got canceled. Then, they reformulated in 2002 and now we have the TGUK we love.
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Lol... No you haven't.

You've seen every season since 2002, not since the 90s. Top Gear used to have Jeremy Clarkson, Tiff Needell(now doing fifth gear), and some other boring douche. It was horrible and got canceled. Then, they reformulated in 2002 and now we have the TGUK we love.
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I take back my comments earlier this year in this thread. This season has sucked. Amphicars? COME ON. Stop rehashing old Top Gear UK stuff. And their personalities just have not been interesting this year. Not enough cool cars, too much challenge BS. Season has gotten progressively less interesting. Oh well. I guess I was incorrectly optimistic.
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I think the reviews are the most boring part of the show. I find when there are episodes where its nothing but reviews i turn it off and skip to one that has something more interesting. It was the challenges that made me fall in love with the show. In fact, i think if it was not for he challenges the show would not exist because that it was got people talking about it and what got so many people watching.
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I think it sucks.

The Car Show with Adam Carolla and Matt Farah was infinitely more entertaining. They should have had those two guys host instead of Rutledge and Ferrara. Tanner Foust is fine... at least he can drive.
That's where you and I disagree. I can't stand Tanner. He comes off as a complete douche 90% of the time. No doubt he can drive but he's not at all likable.

Rut and Adam at least have some personality.
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